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Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Please Visit Our Sponsors
Join Us in New Orleans!
Coins of Faith
PTSD Expert on Radio Show
Corpsmen Save Injured Afghan Girl
Marine Expresses Gratitude
Girl Scout Cookies for Marines
Meet the Gunny Tomorrow
Go Green for St. Patrick's Day
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February 24, 2010
Greetings Marine Families!
  If this is the first edition of the Newsletter you have received, WELCOME! If you are a returning reader we are glad you have joined us.
 A Place to Connect & Share™ has never been more important than in these moments when so many of our Marines are deployed to combat zones, with so many families at home worried and praying for them.
 You're not alone in this journey. We are here with you and offer you an opportunity to join us, in chat rooms and message boards, in Washington DC to "Meet the Gunny" on Thursday, February 25, on our radio show, Thursday March 4, or at our annual conference in New Orleans April 16-18.
Register Now and Save $20
Join Us in New Orleans April 16-18  
Join us and "laisez les bons temps rouler" at the upcoming 6th Annual Marine Parents Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana! 

Join Us in New Orleans!

Purple Heart Marine Aaron Mankin is confirmed as our Keynote Speaker for Saturday evening and you don't want to miss an opportunity to meet Aaron! Click to watch a video and learn more about Corporal Mankin.
Watch as we bring you additional information in upcoming newsletters and on the website. Registration is open now with an offer to SAVE $20 when you register early!
We hope you'll join us for what is sure to be a memorable conference and an incredible visit to New Orleans!  
Coins of Faith
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Coins of Faith from The EGA Store"While you might be afar, we're wishing on the same star."

This prayer coin is proudly Made in the USA! and it's but one of our many brand new coins!

A prayer coin is perfect for our military personnel when they're serving overseas.  
Buy one for you and one for your Marine.  Makes a great gift AND you save fifty cents per coin when you buy two or more.
PTSD Expert on Radio Show
Save the Date: March 4th at 7:30 pm CST 
Blog Talk Radio PTSD Chat with Dr. Bridget CantrellMark your calendar and join us Thursday, March 4th at 7:30 pm CST for our next radio show with Dr. Bridget Cantrell, author and expert on combat recovery and PTSD. 

You can listen to our radio programs online or you can call in to listen. The call in phone number is (347) 826-9285 and we encourage you to call in during the live broadcast to ask questions and to share stories, comments, or concerns.

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Corpsmen Save Injured Afghan Girl 
Article from Marjah, Afghanistan 
Navy Corpsmen Save Injured Afghan GirlWhen a 4-year-old Afghan girl named Azerha was struck by shrapnel, her brother Quassiam did the only thing he could think of - approach a group of armed Marines miles away and ask for medical assistance.

He drove his sister east from near the city of Marjah toward an intersection known as "Five Points," a key intersection of roads connecting northern Marjah with the eastern areas of Helmand province. Marines and Sailors of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, seized the Five Points area the day prior during a helicopter-borne assault.

Azerha had been struck in the chest by a fragment of metal from an improvised explosive device using 82 mm mortar rounds which detonated near her home.
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Making Headway in Marjah - Overview of Operation Moshtarak
Marine Expresses Gratitude
Attention on Deck: The Voice of Our Marines 
Marine Expresses GratitudeWe recently received a very special thank you letter from a Marine and we had to share it with you, our Marine Corps families, friends, and supporters.

This young Lance Corporal addressed his letter, "Dear Marine Parents" which means he's talking to you. Without your involvement and support, Marine Parents would not exist and you should know how much your efforts and generosity make a difference in the lives of Marine family members and Marines alike.

Thank you for being an active part of this family and for supporting this organization so we can continue to provide "a Place to Connect & Share" for Marine families across the country and throughout many stages of service.

As Brian writes in his letter, "God bless you all. Semper Fidelis."
Help Us Raise the Dough!
To Ship Girl Scout Cookies to Marines 
The Cookies are Here! Girl Scout Cookie videoWe're proud to announce our 6th year shipping Girl Scout Cookies® to Marines in combat zones!
Each year, the Connecticut Girl Scout troops work hard to make sure our combat deployed Marines receive a taste of home by donating cookies to our Care Package Project™. 

This year, we have 1,200 cases of Girl Scout Cookies® arriving in our warehouse and we need to raise 100% of the funds to ship the cookies to Marines in Afghanistan. 
The cookies we all know and love are made here in the USA, and what better way to say "thank you" than with these truly time honored American traditions.

The Girl Scouts kept up their end of the bargain; now it's time to keep up ours!
Visit our 2010 Girl Scout Cookie webpage for a fun video, "The Cookies are here!" Is there anyone who doesn't love Girl Scout cookies? Click here for video... 
A special "thank you" goes out to all who are helping us ship cookies to our brave Marines in Afghanistan.

Girl Scout Cookies for Marines!

Meet the Gunny!
Tomorrow in Washington DC
Marine Corps Identity CauseMeet Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey and Marine Parents Founder Tracy Della Vecchia tomorrow, February 25th from 5 - 7 pm at Bullfeathers on the Hill (410 First Street) in Washington DC.

This is a public event and we'd love to see you there! If you're in the area, join us tomorrow and be part of the Marine Corps Identity Cause!
If you missed our previous article about the Marine Corps Identity Cause, you can learn more on our website.
Sign the Petition and Join the Cause today! Click here...
Go Green for St. Patrick's Day
Unique USMC Design with Shamrocks    

USMC St Patricks Day Tshirts

Your friends will be green with envy!
Now you've got a USMC T-shirt to wear on St. Patrick's day.
Features USMC in block letters in front of Irish-green shamrocks. Luck o' the Irish to ya' Marine families!
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Support Our Troops: Wear Red on Friday
Wear Red on Friday
Join the "Wear Red Friday" campaign to show your support of our troops!  We've opened up a brand new line in our online store--you get the quality and service you've come to expect, and you can help encourage those in your community to "Support Our Troops: Wear Red on Friday!"  We've got yard signs and red t-shirts for every family member and everyone in your office! Check it out today:
We've added a new design. Red shirts with white letters on the front:
"Red's a military thing"
Remember, all proceeds from sale of products in our stores go to support the organization, Inc. and our outreach projects. is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) Public Charity.

We hope this week's edition of our email newsletter has been useful for you and your family. If there are topics you would like us to address, or if you have other suggestions for the newsletter, please contact us.

The banner used at the top of this newsletter is a February, 2010 USMC Photo by Lance Cpl. James Clark of a Marine with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment providing security from a rooftop while out on patrol in Marjah, Afghanistan. Click here to read additional credits., Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity., Inc. was founded in January, 2003 in response to parents' needs to find information and to have a Place to Connect & Share™ with one another during deployments. Our free online services and connections have expanded to support and educate Marine moms & dads, spouses, families and friends and we'll be offering our 6th Conference in New Orleans in April, 2010. We've helped over 40,000 Marine and recruit families during bootcamp, training, active duty and deployments. We've shipped thousands of care packages overseas to our Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, sent thousands of prayers and letters to injured Marines and served hundreds of lunches to families caring for their Marines at Bethesda Hospital. You've found a Place to Connect & Share™. 
God Bless and Semper Fidelis,

Tracy Della Vecchia
Founder and Executive Director, Inc.
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